MEMBERSHIP

The principle purpose of the ACA is to represent and support architects in their resolve to provide excellence in practice.

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ABOUT MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the ACA is free and open to practices run by registered architects within the UK. Principals of member practices become full voting members of the ACA. All personnel within a member practice have access to ACA events and services at members’ discounted rates. Current member practices range from sole practitioners to multidisciplinary firms.

Associate (non-voting) Membership of the ACA is open to registered architects who are employed by practices whose principals are not ACA members. This is intended to spread the ACA message and make events and services available to architects as a whole.  Where they may have influence, associate members are encouraged to try to make their employers aware of the value of ACA membership.

We also welcome student members who are currently engaged in architectural education or practical training as well as retired architects who are no longer practising.

Benefits

The ACA promotes the service a consultant architect offers and works to sustain the profession’s reputation and ensure its appropriate place within the building industry, as well as maintaining awareness of its value to clients, domestic and commercial, and the broader community as a whole.

While other benefits listed below are available to members, this collective voice is regarded as the most important function of the ACA and is central to the ethos of the Association.

INDUSTRY

  • The opportunity to collaborate with an organisation dedicated to excellence in practice and therefore, to influence its activities and policies, reinforcing a strong voice within the industry through consultations and the media
  • Representation on national and government bodies
  • Representation on the Construction Industry Council
  • Professional development events and networking opportunities.

MARKETING

  • Active encouragement and permission to use the ACA Logo on all marketing materials and your website
  • Your profile in the directory area of our website, where potential clients search for architect professionals
  • The opportunity to highlight your projects in our publications and with partner organisations
  • Principal Members are entitled and encouraged to use the initials ACArch to indicate their membership of the association
  • Use of an ACA Site board, which is available to download.

BENEFITS & SERVICES

  • Access to Members Only Area of the ACA website hosting exclusive features and articles
  • A quarterly newsletter circulated via email which keeps members updated with matters related to planning developments, Government regulations and other such industry topics
  • Access to free ACA webinars and discounts on ACA events and other construction events
  • Discounts on ACA Publications and Contracts, on the following:-
    • ACA Standard Form of Agreement for an architect (ACA SFA 2012)
    • ACA Form of Building Contract & Project partnering Contracts; PPC2000 and TPC2005
    • Framework Alliance Contract FAC-1 and Term Alliance Contract TAC-1
  • Plus ability to purchase E-contracts and Licenses to support enhanced ways working and efficiencies
  • Through our collaboration with Management for Design, ACA members have access to their advisory service relating to: Business Planning, Business Management, Performance Management /Business Systems. As well as access to a FAQ Sheet developed exclusively for the ACA; providing additional support to your practice’s finances
  • Special rates for employment law advice with Short Richardson & Forth Solicitors Ltd, a law firm based in Newcastle upon Tyne and Manchester but operating nationally. Special rates have been negotiated across tribunals, contract reviews and in-house training sessions.  Please make initial contact on 0191 232 0283 to be referred to the most appropriate legal adviser
  • Marsh Commercial is our appointed insurance broker for members’ professional indemnity insurance, providing members with insurance solutions and risk management advice to help protect and navigate the day-to-day risks architects face. As an ACA member, you will also have access to the following benefits: • Automatic renewal facility  • Capped excess • Free tax advice helpline for you and on behalf of your clients • Interest-free installment facility (subject to insurer approval • Dedicated claims team • Free 24-hour legal and counselling advice helplines. Marsh Commercial is a leading UK professional risks insurance broker and is part of Marsh, one of the largest insurance brokers in the world.
  • As one of the UK’s leading Research and Development tax experts for Architecture Green Jellyfish have come onboard as the preferred specialists for your R&D tax claims. They are offering a completely free of charge no obligation consultation, along with specially negotiated rates on a no win no fee basis for all ACA members. Contact Craig Haines on 07850 193513 today to check your eligibility, and with an average claim value of £32,000 can you afford not to.

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